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Like his childhood friend Tommy Flanagan, Harris came from Detroit, where his mother was a church pianist. He learned the piano at the age of four and won a prize in a local piano competition in the mid-1940s. He played with the resident Thad Jones and Blue Mitchell (and with his childhood friends Pepper Adams , Doug Watkins and Paul Chambers ) and accompanied traveling jazz musicians such as Lester Young , Lee Konitz , Sonny Stitt , Wardell Gray , Miles Davis , as well as the resident pianist of a jazz club a session withCharlie Parker . In 1950 the first recordings were made in Detroit under his own name when he recorded two tracks with Frank Foster , John Evans (guitar), Ray McKinney (bass) and Ralph Clark (drums). In 1955 he worked on Donald Byrd 's first album with (First Flight) ; In 1956 he toured with Max Roach , played with Art Farmer and in 1960 with Cannonball Adderley . In the same year he moved to New York .
In the 1960s, Harris have been a regular companion of Coleman Hawkins (1965-1969), took Dexter Gordon ( "Biting the Apple", 1976), Hank Mobley , Yusef Lateef and Illinois Jacquet and assisted in 1974 his example Thelonious Monk , with whom he had close contact in the apartment of Pannonica de Koenigswarter , who looked after him in Monk's last years (he can also be heard with Flanagan in the documentary Thelonious Monk - straight no chaser by Charlotte Zwerin from 1988). As a pianist, he is also heavily influenced by Bud Powell . In 1982 he founded the Jazz Cultural Center in New York, a mixture of teaching facility (he taught jazz and jazz piano with his own method until old age , as in 1958) and performance venue for himself and musicians of a similar direction. In 2013 he performed at Village Vanguard with his trio of Ray Drummond (bass) and Leroy Williams (drums). In the field of jazz, he was involved in 188 recording sessions between 1950 and 2019, according to Tom Lord .
The much- touted bebop scale goes back to Harris' teaching activity, but he called it the "sixth-diminished" scale .
He died on December 8, 2021 of complications from a COVID-19 disease.
As a band leader or soloist
- Barry Harris at the Jazz Workshop ( Riverside , 1960) with Sam Jones , Louis Hayes
- Preminado (Riverside 1961) with Joe Benjamin , Elvin Jones
- Chasin 'the Bird (Riverside, 1962) with Bob Cranshaw , Clifford Jarvis
- Luminescence! ( Prestige 1967) with Slide Hampton , Junior Cook , Pepper Adams , Bob Cranshaw, Lennie McBrowne
- Magnificent! (Prestige, 1970) with Ron Carter , Leroy Williams
- Barry Harris plays Tadd Dameron (Xanadu 1975)
- The Bird of Red and Gold (Xanadu 1982)
- For the Moment ( Uptown , 1984)
- Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Twelve (Concord, 1990) solo
- Confirmation (Candid 1991)
- I'm Old Fashioned (M&I; 1998), with George Mraz, Leroy Williams, choir
- Dave Glasser, Clark Terry , Barry Harris: Uh! Oh! (Nagel-Heyer, 2000)
- Last Time I Saw Paris (Venus, 2000), with George Mraz , Leroy Williams
- Live in New York (REservor, 2002), with Roni Ben-Hur , Paul West , Leroy Williams
- Live from New York, Volume 1 (Lineage, 2004), with John Webber , Leroy Williams
- Live in Rennes (2005), with Mathias Allamane , Philippe Soirat
As a sideman
- Dexter Gordon: Gettin 'Around (Blue Note, 1965)
- Coleman Hawkins: Wrapped Tight (Impulse, 1965)
- Yusef Lateef: Eastern Sounds (OJC, 1961)
- Charles McPherson: Con Alma (OJC, 1965)
- Lee Morgan : The Sidewinder (Blue Note 1963)
- Red Rodney: Bluebird (Camden, 1973-81)
- Jazzworkshops Website - Publishers of the Barry Harris Workbooks and Instructional Videos ( Memento of May 5, 2009 on the Internet Archive )
- Harris in Hardbop Homepage
- Appreciation (NEA Jazz Masters)
- Barry Harris at Discogs
- Barry Harris at AllMusic (English)
- Yahvé M. de la Cavada: Muere Barry Harris, figura fundamental del piano de jazz. El Pais , December 9, 2021, accessed December 10, 2021 (Spanish).
- Brian Priestley : Barry Harris: 15/12/29 - 08/12/21. Jazzwise , December 9, 2021, accessed December 10, 2021 .
- Giovanni Russonello: Obituary. The New York Times , December 9, 2021, accessed December 10, 2021 .
- Michael J. West: Barry Harris 1929-2021. JazzTimes , December 9, 2021, accessed December 10, 2021 .
Notes and individual references
- Obituary at NPR
- The Jazz Cultural Center existed between August 1982 and August 1987 at 368 Eighth Avenue, between 28th and 29th Street in Manhattan.
- January Jazz Listings in The New York Times
- Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed November 24, 2019)
- Blue Note Artists - Dexter Gordon. Retrieved September 23, 2019 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Harris, Barry Doyle (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American jazz pianist|
|BIRTH DATE||December 15, 1929|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Detroit|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 8, 2021|
|PLACE OF DEATH||Weehawken , New Jersey|